Bulldogs Beat Cardinals 6-5 In 12 Innings; Improve to 7-0
BEAUMONT, Texas - Steven Halcomb's RBI single in the 12th inning brought in Alex Stanford to cap the Gonzaga University baseball team's 6-5 comeback win over Lamar University in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday. With the win, the Zags sweep the four-game Lamar YMBL Cardinal Classic and improve to 7-0 on the year.
Halcomb recorded three of the Bulldogs nine hits on the evening. He has also hit safely in all seven games played this season. Stanford had a pair of hits and Marco Gonzales led the Bulldogs in RBI with two. Eric Lane also recorded a hit to extend his career-best hitting streak to 11 games.
David Bigelow (2-0) struck out three batters but allowed three hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings of relief. Starter Tyler Olson struck out seven batters but allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Cardinal starting pitcher Jonathan Dziedzic seemed to be unbreakable as he struck out eight Zags and allowed two unearned runs on four walks and three hits in six innings.
Lane got the game started by reaching first base on a fielding error by the shortstop and he advanced to second base on a wild pitch. After Royce Bolinger received a free pass to first base, Gonzales followed with a two-out two-run double to center field to give the Bulldogs the first lead of the game.
In the second inning, the Cardinals (2-3) recorded a double, two walks and a fielder's choice to bring in their first run. In the fifth inning, they used two singles and two Bulldog errors to score three runs and take a 4-2 lead.
Just as the Cardinals took advantage of the defensive errors in the fifth inning, the Bulldogs did the same in the eighth. After Gonzales drew a walk and Billy Moon singled to left field, Stanford singled to right field and the right fielder's throwing error allowed the Bulldogs tie the game 4-4. Brock Slavin would follow by reaching a safely on a fielding error by the shortstop. The error allowed Stanford to score the run and give the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead.
The Bulldogs couldn't hold on to the lead as the Cardinals answered back in their half of the eighth inning. Zach Abbruzza came into the inning replacing Derek Peterson and got himself into trouble by walking the first two batters he faced. Ryan Leahy took over for Abbruzza right after and the Cardinals used a wild pitch and a RBI ground out to the shortstop Halcomb to tie the game 5-5.
As both teams entered extra innings for the first time this season, the Cardinals were the first knock on the door. In the 11th inning, Bigelow allowed a leadoff double and a sacrifice bunt to have a runner on third base. Bigelow intentionally walked the next batter, but he got out of the threat with a strikeout and a ground out.
In the 12th inning, Stanford got himself into scoring position with a one-out double to right field. Slavin's fly out to left field for the second out wasn't deep enough for Stanford to third base. After Lane was hit by the pitch, Halcomb drove a pitch to right field to bring in the eventual winning run.
Bigelow secured his second win on two ground outs and a fly out to left field.
The Bulldogs will return to Texas next weekend to participate in the University of Texas - San Antonio Classic. They will play one game each against the University of Louisiana - Lafayette, University of Kansas and the host Roadrunners, respectively.